According to Yes

  • by Dawn French
  • Narrated by Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, Kris Milnes, Tom Judd
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French.
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed, impeccably edited fortress of restraint.
So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric 38-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book. For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying...yes?

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What the Critics Say

"A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching...page after page I laughed out loud." (Mail on Sunday)
"A hilarious snapshot of family life in the 21st century." (Sunday Express)
"Extremely funny." (Sunday Times)
"Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on." (Guardian)
"Makes you laugh on every page." (The Times)
"A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life." (Woman and Home)
"Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant." (Daily Mail)

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Customer Reviews

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Disappointed

What disappointed you about According to Yes?

The main character, lovely lovely Rosie was actually rather unlikeable. I wouldn't want a friend like her who presents herself as caring and fun, but in fact bulldozes her way into people's lives doing whatever she wants because she thinks it's for the best. Never questioning her actions, no signs of remorse.


Has According to Yes put you off other books in this genre?

No


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The ability to drive my car! The narration was very good, I think it was a wise move to have more than one narrator.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation.


Any additional comments?

I had high hopes for this book, love Dawn French. I thought it would be an easy going light read with a touch of New York from a UK perspective. Which I suppose it is, but I just found the main character so annoying.

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- Lexi

Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing.
From the stereotypical country bumpkin of a nanny ( clearly based on French, herself) to the god awful drag along storyline


Would you ever listen to anything by Dawn French again?

Not a chance.... I thought she was funny not cringeworthy


What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Stereotypes all the way through. Have some imagination at least! Glenn was the only partially believable voice.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

**PLOT SPOILER**
Total disappointment with the relationship that builds in a completely farcical manner between the nanny and the grandfather. Oh so he has no life, no fun, no adventure due to the bitter tongued wife, Glenn. Doesn't mean he has to shack up with the plump, very British, "let's make her quirky cos she's got an accent" nanny! The fact they end up in bed together was the final nail in the coffin for this book after a massively dreary start to the unbelievably irritating whine of French's nanny.


Any additional comments?

Don't bother. I thought the other negative reviews might be wrong, after all; its Dawn French!
What a waste of time!

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- PoppyS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-10-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd